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From The Principal

 Good Afternoon, Graebner Families,

 I want to take a moment and thank you for all you do to support your children. In our current atmosphere, the connections we make and support you give will be critical to your child’s success. The events last Spring and this Fall couldn’t be further from how we view a typical school year.  I am sorry we are not able to open this school year under the same roof, but we are still together. We are together in learning and growing, for being there for our families, and for embracing your children who you entrust to our care. 
I continue to be hopeful and wait in joyful anticipation when we will all be together at Graebner in our daily face-to-face atmosphere that we all desire.  Until that time, be content in the knowledge that we are rising to the challenge...together. 
We are working on schedules for device pick up and beginning of the school year schedules and class placements.  We do realize the importance of this communication and are updating you as we can.  

Your Proud Principal,
Mrs. Jami Wood

SUGGESTED SCHOOL SUPPLIES 
Many parents have asked about purchasing supplies for the upcoming school year. We have put together a list of basic school supplies that will help your child to be successful whether in the remote and/or virtual environment. You may purchase supplies for your child (some love this back-to-school tradition) or contact us in the office if you need supplies. We are working to make some things available during the device pick up.  

Suggested Items include:

Pencils (4) and sharpener as needed
Crayons and/or markers
Scissors
Glue Sticks (1)
White Board (Provided from Math series for K-5 students)
White board dry erase marker
Spiral notebook or lined paper

SCHOOL HOURS HAVE CHANGED! 
Operating school hours this year have changed slightly. The school day will now run from 8:20 AM -3:10 PM

ALL STUDENTS TO RECEIVE A DISTRICT DEVICE 
All UCS students will receive a laptop (Grades 2-6), or iPad (First grade and Kindergarten) for use during the 2020-2021 school year. The plan for distribution of devices is being finalized; please be on the look out for information on picking up devices in upcoming emails!

The staff of Graebner Elementary School, within an ordered, nurturing environment, defines its mission as follows: to teach children to learn academic and social skills in a positive and cooperative manner and to enhance self esteem, so as to prepare children to become contributing, successful members of society.

The following dates have been confirmed.  As additional dates are provided, I will share them with you.

First Student Day:                   
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Full day secondary, Half day elementary)

Thanksgiving Break:               
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019

Winter Break:                          
Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020

MLK Jr Holiday:                     
Monday, January 20, 2020

Mid-Winter Break:                  
Monday, February 17, 2020 through Friday, February 21, 2020

Spring Break:                          
Monday, April 6, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020

Additional dates and calendar elements including but not limited to potential further closed dates, half-days, exam schedules conference windows and the end of school date continue to be considered and will be released once determined.

UCS Vision

All children have the right to a rigorous, high-quality education which meets their individual needs. UCS will respect, encourage and empower each and every student to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to be successful, contributing members of a diverse community and global society.

UCS Mission

We are committed to exemplary teaching and learning in order for our students to be prepared for success in the 21st Century.
We will achieve this commitment by engaging the entire community to focus on each child's achievement, with the expectation that every student will pursue some type of post-high school educational endeavor.

Core Values

  • Every child can learn and achieve.
  • Parents and guardians are partners in the learning process.
  • Being “smart” can be achieved through persistence, hard work and effective effort.
  • Excellence is expected and celebrated.
  • Data is used to guide our decision-making.
  • All employees will exemplify ethical behavior; exhibit a strong work ethic; and continue to develop their leadership, performance and service skills.
  • Technology supports and enhances instruction, business operations, research and communications.
  • The Board of Education, district educators/staff, parents, community members and business leaders must collaborate and work as a team to enhance educational opportunities for student success.